An SCR is a limited amount of key information taken from your GP records and includes your name, address, date of birth, NHS number, medications and allergies / adverse reactions. It is only accessible to authorised healthcare staff who are directly involved in caring for you, and is used when you need unplanned care, i.e. emergency hospital admission or when the Surgery is closed. To access your information, the healthcare staff must have an NHS Smartcard with a chip and passcode and a record is made every time they access your information. They will ask for your permission on each occasion unless you are, for example, unconscious.
Allowing healthcare staff access to this key information has demonstrated improved decision making especially with regard to the administration of medication. It also gives patients confidence wherever they are, i.e. if taken ill away from home.
The NHS is planning to extend the information that will be included in the SCRs, for example significant medical history, immunisations. However, this will only be done with individual patient consent and you will be contacted in due course with regard to this.
If you do not wish any of this key information to be available authorised healthcare staff, you are able to opt out. Please contact the Surgery to arrange this.
If you would like to be able to access the SCR information, please read the following document and bring in the completed form together with two identification documents, preferably including one photo ID.
From 31st March 2016 online access to medical records will provide patients with access to all coded information held within their record. We will be working with our clinical supplier and NHS England to prepare for this and ensure the service is in place by that date.